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RWE greenlights major 1.6 GW wind farm in German North Sea coast


RWE has decided to invest in its Nordseecluster, a series of offshore wind projects totaling 1.6 gigawatts (GW) in capacity. These wind farms will be located in the North Sea, approximately 50 kilometers north of Juist Island. The primary component suppliers for the entire cluster have already been chosen.

Sven Utermöhlen, CEO of RWE Offshore Wind, stated that their portfolio currently includes six offshore wind farms off Germany’s coast. He mentioned that the addition of the Nordseecluster would bring two more, signaling strong progress for both Germany’s energy transition and RWE. With a combined capacity of 1.6 gigawatts, these wind farms are expected to produce around 6.5 terawatt hours of green electricity annually, significantly aiding the decarbonization of industry in their domestic market.

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Commercial operations in early 2029

The Nordseecluster will be developed in two phases: Nordseecluster A and B. Nordseecluster A, with a capacity of 660 MW, has already begun manufacturing some key components. Sea construction is set to start next year, with all 44 wind turbines expected to be grid-connected by early 2027. Nordseecluster B will add another 900 MW, with its 60 turbines scheduled to commence commercial operations in early 2029.

RWE is not required to make lease payments to the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) for the Nordseecluster sites. The cluster’s scale will create synergy effects for both construction and operation. The green electricity generated will support RWE’s industrial customers in their decarbonization efforts, including operators of AI data centers.

As a global leader in offshore wind, RWE has operated 19 offshore wind farms over the past 20 years, including six in Germany. The company aims to triple its global offshore wind capacity from the current 3.3 GW to 10 GW by 2030.

Collaboration with experienced companies

RWE has partnered with experienced companies for the Nordseecluster project. Atlantique Offshore Energy, part of Chantiers de l’Atlantique, will provide two offshore transformer substations. Hellenic Cables will handle cable manufacturing. The turbine foundations will be produced by Dajin Offshore and installed by Van Oord. Vestas will supply the wind turbines, each with a capacity of 15 MW (type V236-15.0 MW). Havfram Wind will transport and install the turbines using its vessels “Norse Wind” and “Norse Energi.”

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